It was an ingenious solution to the problem—as reliable as it was easy.
The first person to put wheels on a suitcase had an ingenious idea.
an ingenious device
an ingenious press agent
...they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once,
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Hobbit
The life rafts were ingenious things, packed into small bundles in the ship’s hull.
Kenneth Oppel -- Airborn
Ernest at length hit upon an ingenious plan.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
Their departure, with the ingenious manner in which they and their sheep were hoisted over the mountains, was a splendid spectacle.
Voltaire -- Candide
It was most ingeniously secured at vacant hours ... so that though a thief might get in with perfect ease, he would find some embarrassment in getting out
Washington Irving -- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
When a fox wants to den up, he will use ingenious tricks to throw off the hounds.
Forest Carter -- Education of Little Tree
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The method of the theft was not less ingenious than bold.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Purloined Letter
Ingenious, really, how many ways Muggles have found of getting along without magic.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
In the pickling of hams they had an ingenious apparatus, by which they saved time and increased the capacity of the plant
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
Let’s see how ingenious you are.
Rick Riordan -- The Battle of the Labyrinth
... when Mother realized that after she’s dead, she won’t be able to tell me what to wear anymore, she came up with this ingenious postmortem system.
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
He made some seriously ingenious mechanical stuff.
Rick Riordan -- The Last Olympian
I thought about explaining to her my mother’s ingenious method of ridding the house of roaches—cracker crumbs and marshmallow—but then I thought...
Sue Monk Kidd -- The Secret Life of Bees
I thought it was quite ingenious of me to suggest sitting in on the chemistry course even after I’d changed over to Shakespeare.
Sylvia Plath -- The Bell Jar
Here let us breathe, and haply institute A course of learning and ingenious studies.
William Shakespeare -- The Taming of the Shrew
They are an ingenious people,
Ernest Hemingway -- A Farewell to Arms
He was an ingenious man.
Benjamin Franklin -- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
"Yeah, very ingenious, Hermione."
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
He had something in reserve, some ingenious product of his counselor’s wits that would overwhelm their scheme.
John Gardner -- Grendel
the analyst is necessarily ingenious
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Murders in the Rue Morgue
...he saw the first trap—a hundred-foot-wide crater ringed with boulders. Leo had to admit it was pretty ingenious. ...vat the size of a hot tub had been filled with bubbly dark liquid ... suspended over the vat, an electric fan rotated in a circle, spreading the fumes across the forest. ... pressure sensitive...
Rick Riordan -- The Lost Hero
It was ingenious and finally, I saw, all wise.
Julia Alvarez -- In the Time of the Butterflies
Human beings are remarkably ingenious,
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
thy most ingenious sense
William Shakespeare -- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Mrs. Penniman desired to represent the ingenious Mr. Townsend as the hero.
Henry James -- Washington Square
invented ingenious and even useful systems,
Henry David Thoreau -- Resistance to Civil Government
Noah had never slid his hand further than my neck, had never found ingenious ways to get places I was trying zealously to guard.
Sarah Dessen -- Someone Like You
That’s MIGHTY good!—and mighty ingenious—under the CIRCUMSTANCES!
Mark Twain -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"Quite ingenious how it works, given all the time differences," he said.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
They were ingeniously constructed: double soles from shower shoes were bound together and then completely covered in pink and white cotton yarn crocheted into intricate designs.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
Had he actually been searching for the ingenious lock on her magic—Linh Garan’s prototype?
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
While Kit resorted to ingenious tricks, Mercy possessed the patience.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Father hatched a plan, an ingenious way to get around the Nazi rules.
Karen Levine -- Hana’s Suitcase
The two authors were impressed by one ingenious effort: "Locomotives …. were rigged to pumps and set to work with all their might; and with such success that, in a week after the fire, about a third of the people of the inhabited portions of the city had water…."
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
My father, ever ingenious, found a way to trade our apartment for one a gentile friend had inside the ghetto, hoping the swap might provide better accommodations than any the Nazis would arrange.
Leon Leyson -- The Boy on the Wooden Box
(He failed to disclose that for another client, he had once designed an ingenious cable-and-winch lift system to raise and lower a chandelier at will.
Anne Tayler -- A Spool of Blue Thread
This outburst does little but boost the boy’s status in the eyes of his friends, who take to devising ingenious ways to irritate Mr. Curran without giving themselves away.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
It was a practical, cheap, and ingenious solution.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
"Ingenious," whispers von Rumpel.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
"Tell Miss Anna," he wrote of his sister, "that I thought of collecting her a peck of Yankee finger nails to make her a sewing basket of as she is ingenious at such things but I feared I could not get them to her."
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
Arriving back himself from the awful war with one eye missing and with a shattered kneecap—both wounds received at Chancellorsville—my great-grandfather unearthed the gold, and after the house once again became habitable, stashed it away in an ingeniously concealed compartment in the cellar.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
He came up with the ingenious idea of building a giant wooden horse with a hollow belly.
Lauren Tarshis -- I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
Bowing reluctantly to my absolute refusal to wear corsets, they had instead ingeniously reinforced the upper bodice with whale-bone stays ruthlessly stripped from an old corset.